OWS has put the focus on finance capital as a driver of inequality,
and on the need for political action to address it. But what is the
function of finance capital in the modern world, and how should our
politics address it? This panel will bring together various Marxist
and anarchist perspectives on finance capital.
Radhika Desai is Professor at the Department of Political Studies,
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. She is the author of Slouching
Towards Ayodhya: From Congress to Hindutva in Indian Politics (2nd rev ed, 2004)
and Intellectuals and Socialism: 'Social Democrats' and the Labour Party (1994),
She edited Developmental and Cultural Nationalisms in 2009. She is co-editing
Volume 27 of Research in Political Economy with Paul Zarembka.
Alan Freeman is co-editor of the âFuture of World Capitalismâ book
series and is a former economist at the Greater London Authority. He
wrote âThe Benn Heresyâ and co-edited two books on value theory and,
with Boris Kagarlitsky, âThe Political Economy of Empire and the
Crisis of Globalisation.â With Andrew Kliman he co-edits the new
critical pluralist journal Critique of Political Economy.â
Andrew Kliman, a professor of economics at Pace University, is the
author of The Failure of Capitalist Production: Underlying Causes of
the Great Recession and Reclaiming Marxâs âCapitalâ: A Refutation of
the Myth of Inconsistency. He and Alan Freeman edit Critique of
Political Economy, a new scholarly online journal. Many of his
writings are available at akliman.squarespace.com and With Sober
Marxist-Humanist Initiativeâs publication.
Costas Panayotakis is Associate Professor of Sociology at CUNY's New
York City College of Technology and author of Remaking scarcity: from
capitalist inefficiency to economic democracy.